How many of you have more than one black eyeliner? Raise your hands. If you have more than three keep your hands raised. More than five? Am I really the only eye pencil hoarder here?
The reason I own so many is because, in my opinion, the black eyeliner is equivalent to the black shoe – has many functions, therefore you need a black shoe in different versions. You can have a black sensible pump for work, a black ballet flat for comfort and your Audrey Hepburn inspired outfits, black knee-hi boots for winter or when you are feeling sassy, black stilettos for date night and just conquering the world in general.
Same with black liners. I like a black eye pencil for a quick and easy line, liquid or gel liner (preferably waterproof) is great for a more polished Sophia Loren look. A non-waterproof kohl liner can be used smudged on the lid as a base for any deep, sooty smoky eyes.
You get the point.
I was hesitant at first because I already have a decent collection of black eye liners. After twenty minutes of pacing back and forth in the Urban Decay section and a consultation with a very kind and patient Sephora associate, I finally placed the pencil in my basket. I do like to test different brands by how well I like their black eyeliners – a great brand should be able to produce a great black liner. Also, Sephora has a great refund/exchange policy – if I didn’t like it, I could exchange it for something else. The final deciding factor – it was the last day of Sephora Chic Week where VIB members received a 15% discount off purchases.
Once I brought it home I had to do a swatch lineup just to see what I was getting and I was pleased with the results:
From left to right:
1. UD Perversion
2. UD Zero
3. NARS Via Veneto
4. MAC Feline
5. MAC Smolder
I let each liner set for a few seconds but it was obvious to me that Perversion is the blackest-black matte in my collection. I was immediately pleased and satisfied with my purchase. Zero and Via Veneto were my next favorite and the other two I used most but weren’t nearly as black as Perversion. The two MAC liners I featured are pencils I would use either line my lower waterline or smudged for a very easy smoky eye.
I then wanted to see how much this liner would smudge with a quick smudge test.
I let these set for almost a minuted and dragged the pigment down with a fingertip. Perversion set quickly and had the least amount of color drag. Via Veneto was second in terms of movement. Next was Zero, Feline and the liner with the most smudge qualities was Smolder – no surprise there really.
I am really pleased with this new eye pencil, like all Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils, this went on super easy and once it sets it rarely budges. I cannot say that it’s completely budge/smudge proof because that would be lying and I have experienced minor smudging if I happen to rub my eye. Overall, I’m very happy with my purchase. I can easily see myself buying another eye pencil once I work my way through this.
This is a great pencil for those days that you may want something to easily line your top lash line and draw focus on your lips.
On the lid is a very light layer of NARS Lhasa, grey taupe, Perversion on the top lash line. I wanted a softer lined look so I took Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Deviant, deepest brown matte, and smudged along my bottom lash line. As you can see if I really want to turn up my inner rocker/punk girl in me, I would just smudge Perversion on top/bottom lash lines and add lots of layers of black mascara.
Am I telling you to rush out and buy this? Well if you’re anything like me and looking to add the equivalent of a pair of comfortable killer black patent stiletto shoes then by all means go to your nearest Sephora, Ulta or Urban Decay counter (select Macy’s).
Ugh, if there were only a pair of comfortable sky high stiletto shoes out there.
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